Installation of Windows Home Server 2011 Connector Fails

I came across a problem recently on my home network. A needed to reconnect a PC (Windows XP) back to a Windows Home Server 2011. I uninstalled the WHS2011 Connector, but when i tried to re-install it, i got the usual (and very generic) message

WHS2011 Connector installation  has encountered an error . . .

I started to look around, and found 2 messages in the event log:

Event Type: Error
Event Source: .NET Runtime 4.0 Error Reporting
Event Category: None
Event ID: 5000
Date:  15/05/2012
Time:  07:31:12
User:  N/A
Computer: COMPAQD330-PC
Description:
EventType clr20r3, P1 clientdeploy.exe, P2 6.1.8800.16395, P3 4f0f3085, P4 system.configuration, P5 4.0.0.0, P6 4ba1e04b, P7 274, P8 28, P9 system.typeinitialization, P10 NIL.

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Event Type: Error
Event Source: .NET Runtime
Event Category: None
Event ID: 1026
Date: 15/05/2012
Time: 07:31:21
User: N/A
Computer: COMPAQD330-PC
Description:
Application: ClientDeploy.exe
Framework Version: v4.0.30319
Description: The process was terminated due to an unhandled exception.
Exception Info: System.TypeInitializationException
Stack:
at Microsoft.WindowsServerSolutions.Common.ProductInfo.get_ImageProofBinDir()
at Microsoft.WindowsServerSolutions.Common.ProductInfo.get_BinDir()
at Microsoft.WindowsServerSolutions.Common.Support.ResolveAssembliesFromProductBinDir()
at Microsoft.WindowsServerSolutions.ClientSetup.ClientDeploy.Program.Main()

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Application: ClientDeploy.exe
Framework Version: v4.0.30319
Description: The process was terminated due to an unhandled exception.
Exception Info: System.TypeInitializationException
Stack:
at Microsoft.WindowsServerSolutions.Common.ProductInfo.get_ImageProofBinDir()
at Microsoft.WindowsServerSolutions.Common.ProductInfo.get_BinDir()
at Microsoft.WindowsServerSolutions.Common.Support.ResolveAssembliesFromProductBinDir()
at Microsoft.WindowsServerSolutions.ClientSetup.ClientDeploy.Program.Main()

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

After some research, i  found a suggestion to log in to the server and remove the computer from the server. Surely, when i logged in, the computer was still listed on the server’s list of computers. I removed the computer from the list and attempted to re-install the WHS2011 Connector again.

Great was my dissappointment to see the installer to fail again. Not sure where the idea came from, but i thought “Hey, the installer informs about DotNet 4 requirement. Why not try uninstalling it”. So i went ahead and opened the Add-Remove Programs and removed from the list all items related to DotNet 4. Than i tried to run the Connector installer again, and to my surprise, this time it worked perfectly. Sure as hell, it took a while, obviously due to DotNet4 that had to be re-installed, but the result was a computer that could talk to my Windows Home Server 2011 again.

 

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